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GRCC expands Pre-Sports Management program this fall with new GVSU agreement

July 22, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College students looking to turn an interest in sports into a career have more options to continue their studies. .

Students who earn an associate degree in GRCC’s Pre-Sports Management program can transfer to complete a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management at Grand Valley State University. GRCC already partners with Western Michigan University for students working toward degrees in Sports or Recreation Management.

Associate professor Jodi Gee, head of GRCC’s Exercise Science Department, said the two institutions have been working on the new offering for more than two years.

“Following the Health and Exercise Science Pathway here at GRCC will prepare students for leadership and administrative roles in sports organizations on the interscholastic, intercollegiate, professional and recreational levels,” she said.

The program, which starts this fall, might also include a tour of GVSU and meetings with its Movement Science faculty.

In addition to Exercise Science courses, students in the Pre-Sports Management program will take classes in microeconomics, psychology, statistics, general anatomy and business.

Gee said careers for those with a sports management degree include athletic director, health club manager, exercise or fitness program coordinator, and general manager, advertising assistant or statistical analyst for professional sports teams.

Those interested in the program may email Gee at

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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